DirectX 10 will not take off until 2H 2007, says AMD

Despite that Nvidia recently launched its DirectX 10-compliant GPUs (graphics processing units), demand for DirectX 10 graphics cards will not pick up in the market in the first half of the year because of a lack of games to support the technology, according to Edward Chow, AMD graphics marketing director for the Asia-Pacific region.

With no boost from DirectX 10, the graphics card market will stay put in the first half of 2007, while watching Vista's acceptability, according to Chow. In the second half of 2007, DirectX 10-compliant products will see demand pick up, so the competition will hot up, with more games and blue-laser products hitting the market, he added.Nvidia launched its DirectX 10-compliant GeForce 8800 GPU in November, while ATI's DirectX 10-supporting R600 will not hit the market until the first quarter of 2007.

News source: DigiTimes

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Quote - Ledward said @ #7
The 8800GTX and the GTS came out way before they were necessary.

and they were rushed out, like if they took their time the resistor problem would have been caught...

"DirectX 10-compliant GPUs" implies the card will work on DirectX 10. Since there are no Vista drivers available for the 8800 cards, this is blatantly false. This would explain all these lawsuits I keep hearing about from disgruntled nVidia customers who have purchased an 8800 but also have Windows Vista. Way to go nVidia!

Indeed, getting an 8800 card is extremely pointless at this time - I can only laugh at the morons who got one *now* :laugh:
There is *no* OS support for it (which would only be possible in Vista, which neither has a woking DX10 yet nor any drivers at all for the 8800 cards).
There are also *no* games supporting DX10, and that will stay that way for some time alone for the first reason already - without DX10 being released in the first place (current Vista comes w/o DX10) and w/o drivers for it which fully support it, they won't be able to test their DX10 games, and development will be seriously hampered by this as well. Besides that, today's games are very demanding, and their development consumes a huge amount of time, so even if they *would* start it right now (which they can't), 2H 2007 would still be a ludicrously early release date.

Quote - Aero Ultimate said @ #6.1
Indeed, getting an 8800 card is extremely pointless at this time - I can only laugh at the morons who got one *now* :laugh:
There is *no* OS support for it (which would only be possible in Vista, which neither has a woking DX10 yet nor any drivers at all for the 8800 cards).
There are also *no* games supporting DX10, and that will stay that way for some time alone for the first reason already - without DX10 being released in the first place (current Vista comes w/o DX10) and w/o drivers for it which fully support it, they won't be able to test their DX10 games, and development will be seriously hampered by this as well. Besides that, today's games are very demanding, and their development consumes a huge amount of time, so even if they *would* start it right now (which they can't), 2H 2007 would still be a ludicrously early release date.

Yes, what a worthless card. I mean, it destroys 7950GX2 in benchmarks and costs only few bucks more. And it's future proof as well.

What a useless piece of junk...

Quote - Ryster092 said @ #6
"DirectX 10-compliant GPUs" implies the card will work on DirectX 10. Since there are no Vista drivers available for the 8800 cards, this is blatantly false. This would explain all these lawsuits I keep hearing about from disgruntled nVidia customers who have purchased an 8800 but also have Windows Vista. Way to go nVidia!

So what you are trying to say is that card will NOT work with DirectX10? So, nVidia, deliberately made a false claim that it's flagship product is directx10 compliant?

Please go stand in the corner and think about what you said, because honestly, I don't think you got your facts straight.

Also, link to the lawsuits or complaints?

Yeah your post doesn't make much sense at all. For one Ive never heard of all these people sueing Nvidia and you're saying that a DirectX 10 card is useless right now? That's far from being true.

You could still play all the current games on it. It's not built for DirectX 10 games only.

Not everyone who owns it is running Windows Vista

When Windows Vista comes out and there's working Vista drivers for the card and it runs DirectX 10 games, anyone who bought that card months earlier and is upgrading to Vista doesn't have to go out and get a new card that would be more expensive. Also that card will probably be cheaper when Vista is officially released. So anyone wanting a DirectX 10 card can go grab that Nvidia card that runs it and is a lot cheaper than the just released ATI card.

Quote - Durak said @ #6.2

Yes, what a worthless card. I mean, it destroys 7950GX2 in benchmarks and costs only few bucks more. And it's future proof as well.

What a useless piece of junk... :rolleyes:

Before becoming the Nvidia 8800 fanboy of all fanboys please read other articles with benchmarks and not just articles posted in the forums of Nvidia. Have a look below at the article. The 8800 in no way blows away the 7950GX2. I personally think first generation is a waste of money. I want to play Crysis in dx10 but that is far off. Second gen cards will have more ram and better driver support.

7950GX2 Vs 8800 GTS

Nvidia really got a head-start on DX9 with the 6 Series, and they're doing the same now with DX 10. Company of Heroes has DX 10 code in it, as well as Supreme Commander and yet-to-be-released Halo 2 PC. Crysis and other games too are taking advantage of the new code from the ground up, so it's only a matter of time.

I see this as damage control, just like when ATi said there was no need to upgrade years ago since DX9 wasn't big >_>

I don't know what your talking about sence Ati was the 1st to support DX9 with the 9700 Pro. Nvidia had crappy DX9 support on the FX line of cards. The 6 series was bad ass tho I had a 6800GT when it was released.

Quote - toadeater said @ #1.1
They're being optimistic. DX10 won't take off until Q2 2008.

It is damage control for AMDATI. They should have been ready by now... but yeah, DX10 will be in full swing by mid-2008, but will be in use by many games by mid-2007.

I think this is a good idea because most people will want to get Vista pre-installed. Once this happens, ATI could team with Dell etc. to create a great PC.

demand for DirectX 10 graphics cards will not pick up in the market in the first half of the year because of a lack of games to support the technology

Well duh.

Anyone following DirectX 10 already knows this and has known this for a while now. It sounds like AMD/ATI is trying to make Nvidia look bad for releasing a DirectX 10 card early

Yeah I was wondering the same thing, considering they're coming out with there's Jan/Feb, it wouldn't make sense to tell people that there won't be games to take advantage of them for a while.

Re-read it and it's pretty obvious why I said AMD/ATI is trying to make Nvidia look bad for releasing a DirectX 10 card early.

I think others got what I meant by that. It's like AMD/ATI is saying:

"Nvidia released a DirectX 10 card before us but there wasn't a lot of games using it yet. but...but...but we'll be releasing ours around the time more games support it. So obviously we're better because we released ours at a later period"

I don't see how people don't see that unless they're AMD/ATI fanboys